Two Recipes in One!


On Sunday evening I had prepared a batch of amazing Orange Cardamom Chia Parfait (or, at least the chia pudding part, with the plan to add fresh fruit in the mornings) for my Monday and Tuesday morning breakfasts.

Good intentions often die hard around here and I flew out of the house this Tuesday morning with no time to eat breakfast. I worked like the pack mule I am (self pitying pack mule, at that), then went to the gym to do my Xena, Warrior Princess! thing, then went home.

So there I was, at the end of a long day, needing nourishment but too tired to prepare anything time consuming. I opened the fridge and YAY! The Orange Cardamom Chia ‘pudding’ was there for the eating.

This is one of my all-time favourite chia puddings. It’s fresh and unique in its flavour and offers a nice change from the usually offered vanilla or chocolate recipes.

Recipe One! Orange Cardamom Chia Parfait by Almonds and Avocados

When making the pudding, I tend to use whatever nut milk I have on hand rather than being faithful to the coconut milk that the recipe calls for.

But did I stop there? I could have, with the wonderful protein boost of the chia being perfect right after a workout, but nooooo……

Recipe Two! My post-gym improvisation. I have no idea what to name it, but it deserves its own title, that’s for sure…

No-Name Impromptu Post-Gym Smoothie! (Is that name too long? I’ll have to think about it….)

  • Half of the Orange Cardamom Chia parfait receipe (just the pudding part, obviously – up to the Cardamom on the list of ingredients)
  • 1 measure of green powder (sea veg, micro greens, whatever you use)
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (raw if you have it, but whatever you use is juuuuust fine)
  • Half cup blueberries
  • 1 Tblsp coconut oil
  • 1 cup nut milk (I used cashew)

Blend! Positively inhale!

To say this was tasty would be a gross understatement. I was in smoothie heaven (it’s nice there). Consider this a malleable recipe, replacing the type of non-dairy milk or blueberries with your preferences. The nutritional essentials are present with the chia, protein powder, green powder and coconut oil – the rest is up to you! 

Enjoy and talk to you soon. Summer is around the corner and I’m excited about the bounty the season brings. I’ll try to have lots to share! 

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The Bestest Smoothie Ever…..


….at least, that’s what I call it when I’m hungry and in a rush.  I also take complete credit for this concoction as I’ve used so many smoothie recipes from other people, but have bended them slightly to fit my dietary needs.

This recipe is great first thing in the morning, but I’ve been enjoying it more for dinner these days as a way to eat light in the evening and give my body the nutrients it needs to recover from the day.

I’ve never been very good at food photos, mostly because I’m so eager to chow down that the plate or glass is a mess by the time I think about it.  Today was no different.  I came tearing into the house after the gym, threw the smoothie together, and threw half of it back before thinking of a photo….the glass was pretty grungy by then.  You’ll just have to use your imagination.

It’s very basic, but excellent on its own or as a base to whatever else you want to throw in.  So incredibly fast, just throw everything into the blender and blend until super smooth and creamy, Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you….

Darcie’s Bestest Smoothie Ever…….

425 Calories.

1 cup Almond Milk.  If you’re not strictly raw, then use any kind of non-dairy milk that you want.

1 cup leafy greens.  I prefer Kale, but will use spinach if it’s on-hand.

6 ice cubes    

1 scoop protein powder. Good quality raw protein powder is hard to come by: use whatever you prefer.

1 Cup of fruit du jour.  This can be an apple (cored, peeling not necessary), frozen wild blueberries are my favourite, but if I’m getting bored of them, I always have frozen pineapple, mango, or other fruits on hand.  I try not to use fruit with a lot of small seeds, like raspberries, blackberries, or pomegranate as I don’t have time to chew my smoothies…

1 Tblsp Chia Seeds    

1 Scoop Veggie Green Powder, or Sea Veg powder. (Optional) 

1 tsp or preferred measure of your daily Omega 3*6*9 – I use Udo Oil.

Add Ins:  Depending on your tastes or dietary needs, I sometimes throw a frozen or fresh banana in, or half an avocado, a Tablespoon of Nut Butter, and, especially in winter, a vitamin D drop.

If I’m planning to have this in the morning, I pre-prep the powders and chia, which helps “Zombie Darcie” when trying to find ingredients before my eyes are really open.

This recipe fills a 1 Quart mason jar almost 3/4 full.  Using the base recipe (no add-ins) and blueberries as the fruit du jour, here’s the Nutritional Content:

Nutrition Facts
Servings 1.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 425
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14 g 22 %
Saturated Fat 2 g 11 %
Monounsaturated Fat 1 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 6 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 70 mg 23 %
Sodium 363 mg 15 %
Potassium 1039 mg 30 %
Total Carbohydrate 42 g 14 %
Dietary Fiber 14 g 56 %
Sugars 16 g
Protein 36 g 73 %
Vitamin A 319 %
Vitamin C 185 %
Calcium 81 %
Iron 37 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

So happy blending.